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The Landon Donovan Saga Continues: Cakes Hints at a Post-MLS Cup Retirement


Man, the Galaxy could look completely different after a championship season...and it's looking more and more like Donovan won't be at WC14.

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With the 2012 MLS Cup Final looming, Landon Donovan has added another major subplot to the list heading into the league’s final match.

Donovan insists that the final could be his last game.

Following up on comments he made back in May about being burned out and needing a break from the game, Donovan stated recently that once the current MLS season ends he may not come back.

“I’m going to take as much time as I need and decide if and when I’m ready to come back,” Donovan told the Los Angeles Times. “I can’t put a time frame on that. If it takes two weeks and I’m ready to go again or two months or a year or two years.

“Or never. I don’t know.”

The U.S. national team star hasn’t been shy about expressing his disenchantment with the game, and he continues to stand firm behind the belief that retirement could very well be an option for the 30-year old.

If Donovan is serious, his departure from the game would have serious ramifications for both the Galaxy and the U.S. national team.

For the Galaxy, it would mean losing the team’s most influential player of the last seven years. A player with one more year remaining on his contract. With David Beckham already leaving, a Donovan departure would leave the Galaxy in serious rebuilding mode. There was always the possibility of a Donovan departure after 2012, but it had long been believed that if he were to leave the Galaxy at that time it would be to make one last run at Europe.

Now, a return to Europe seems like the last thing on Donovan’s mind.

For the national team, Donovan’s departure would be a setback, but not the devastating blow it might have been 2-3 years ago. The U.S. has basically been playing without Donovan for the better part of the past year, allowing new players to step in and emerge, and players like Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to pick up the slack from the consistent impact standpoint. That said, no new player has emerged to offer the national team anything close to what the dynamic Donovan has been providing for the U.S. for the past dozen years.

It still sounds so improbable to think that Donovan would really walk away from the game, and an extended break seems the more likely scenario for a player who is clearly worn out emotionally. He has always been such a fierce competitor that it is tough to imagine him walking away from the game now for good.

I'm thinking he's gonna retire and become a CFB analyst after Saturday's debut on GameDay.







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joey barton
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Retires only to return later to play for a David Beckham managed New York Cosmos featuring Cantona up front and Shep Messing in goal.





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Jumbeauxlaya
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The stat of him averaging a game every 8 days for the last 12 years amazed me.. I can kinda see his point now





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petar
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still don't care...

If he retires, good for him. If not, good for him

He enjoys the media attention like many of his peers. If he is truly tired of playing and spotlight, i doubt he would constantly talk to the media adding more pressure and speculation.

:Inb4buthe'shonestargument:






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Jumbeauxlaya
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e enjoys the media attention like many of his peers.


1) The MLS has chosen him and Becks to be their frontmen.. it's part of his job to be in the media.

2) It was a press conference for the MLS cup.






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re: The Landon Donovan Saga Continues: Cakes Hints at a Post-MLS Cup Retirement


DO IT







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petar
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re: The Landon Donovan Saga Continues: Cakes Hints at a Post-MLS Cup Retirement


Why didn't he just say i don't know. I feel that most of these 'Sagas' would play out without legs.

Say you don't know and move on. Plus in no way do i believe he won't be playing for USA come Brazil in 2014

I dont understand why this keeps coming up. Am i supposed to feel bad for him? Am i supposed to be sitting on pins and needles for his final decision?

I just don't care. if he stays great; if not, i commend his loyalty and mostly-good play for his national team. He can continue to contribute but in no way is a vital piece of the USMNT that can be replaced.







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Jumbeauxlaya
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I just don't care.


Your posts in this thread beg to differ..

Look at how quickly the post got to 100 comments on reddit... people obviously care and that's why it keeps coming up.






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etm512
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re: The Landon Donovan Saga Continues: Cakes Hints at a Post-MLS Cup Retirement


The man has been the face of US Soccer for about 10 years now. I will cut him some slack on this.





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i commend his loyalty and mostly-good play for his national team.

"mostly-good play" is how you are going to describe the best american soccer player ever? yeah i said it.






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petar


I completely agree with you.






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Bho
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I'm over Landy Cakes as well. Do what you want, but make up your mind.





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Landon is such a vagina.

shite or get off the pot, Cakes.






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petar
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"mostly-good play" is how you are going to describe the best american soccer player ever? yeah i said it.


Really hard to argue against him being one of the best field players that we have, but some of his performances as of late have left a lot to be desired. In all reality, he prbly needs a break..
All this being said. I hope he plays in the world cup. I think he still starts for us unless Stubear gets healthy or another player really steps it up






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TheIrishFro
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re: The Landon Donovan Saga Continues: Cakes Hints at a Post-MLS Cup Retirement


he'll take a break, which is severely needed

but i'd put lots of money on him being back for the world cup. The world cup will be his last games and then he'll officially retire.






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